September Graduate Film and Alumni Highlights

LFS Graduate Film Highlights

Graduate film The Third Solar Term will be competing in October at the Wide Angle: Asian Short Film Competition, Busan International Film Festival, taking place 6-15 October 2021. LFS Crew: Dir-Writer-Editor: Song, Zhanfei; Prod: Liang, Naixin; DoP: Liu, Tong.

More successes follow the graduate film after a room; the short screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival's NEST Film Student programme. According to Variety, after a room brings forth a kaleidoscopic meditation on self-discovery. LFS Crew: Dir-Writer-Editor: Pacifique, Naomi; Sound Design: Garrido Carreras, Pablo; Producer: Rafael Manuel.

A Firecracker Story, a short set in contemporary China during the firework ban, was screened at the fifth 86358 Jiajiazhuang Short Film Week, a short film festival in North China's Shanxi province currently attracting international attention. The short was also screened at the 18th International Film and TV SIMFEST, Romania, and at the SoundScreen Film Festival, in Italy. LFS crew: Dir: Zhizi Hao; Producer: Liang, Naixin; DoP:   Ma, Guyuan; Prod. Design: Ding, Yiling; Editor: Ding, Xiao; Art Director: Li, Cheng.

Macchiato was part of the Sentiero Film Fest, Italy and screened at the upcoming Bolton International Film Festival. LFS Crew: Dir: Prospero Pensa; DoP: Fyras Slaiman; Asst.Dir: Zhizi Hao.

Landing Point wins Best Student Short of the Month (special jury mention) plus Best Romantic Short at IndieX Film Festival after screening on MUBI. LFS Crew: Dir. Cheng Sei-Hong 

The Cow of Fire screened at Shortcutz Ovar on September 30th. LFS Crew: Dir: Vasco de Oliveira, Vasco; Prod: Rivera Rosado, Rocio; Asst.Dir: Gancheva, Tyanita & Liao, Chiahui; Prod.Manager: Flowers, Melissa.

Summer Shade was part of Little Wing Film Festival where the short won the Best International Film Award and Elba Film Festival (Italy), where was awarded the Best Director prizeCongratulations! Writer-Dir: Shira Haimovici, DoP: Tamas Apor Meder 

My Other Suit is Human won the Best World Cinema short film a trophy at Phoenix Short FF (USA)Congratulations! Writer-Dir: Andrew Montague, Prod. Design: Rocio Rivera Rosado, Art Dir: Shiyun Gu. 
August Sun was part of the official selection at the 2021 Grand Junction Film Festival (USA). Writer-Director: Franco Volpi. 
We Choose To Go screened at New York Latino FF and The Discover Film Award during September and will be screening at Tri-Cities IFF  and Trieste Science + Fiction FF, in October. Writer-Dir: Marlene Rios, DoP: Hsien Niu, Prod Design: Emily Marquet, Art Dir: Tim Archibald. 
As part of Encounters Short Film Festival 2021, Laura Webster spoke with Guyuan Ma about her short, Asian Brass, which has been selected for the festival as part of the UK Student Awards programme. WATCH IT HERE


Alumni Highlights

Congratulations to the LFS alumni team behind A Brixton Tale—co-directors Darragh Carey and Bertrand Desrochers, and co-writers Rupert Baynham and Chi Mai—on its UK release. Also, part of the team are Production Design: Shalini Adnani, Art Direction: Frederico Nobre de Carvalho, Assistant Art Director: Chelsea Gallagher, Gaffer: Piero Cioffi, Electrician: Joan Vicenta Dura, Grip: Maja Jensen, Lighting Technician: Tamas Apor Meder.

In the latest issue of British Cinematographer magazine, alumnus Aaron Reid discusses his work as Director of Photography on the ITV mini-series Stephen. Graduate Maja Jensen also worked on the show in the Camera Department.

After winning many awards, including the Berlinale's Silver Bear Jury Prize and the Brief Encounters Grand Prix Award in 2020 with graduate film Filipiñana, graduate Rafael Manuel was a jury member for the Brief Encounters prize. 

Celebrating 10 years of Greek Short Stories, Premiere Nights streamed all Best Film awards of the Athens International Film Festival Premiere Nights Greek Short Stories competition section. Two LFS alumni were included: Jacqueline Lenzou (Hector Malo - The Last Day of the Year, The End of Pain: A Proposal) and Christos Massalas (Copa-Loca)

British-Pakistani filmmaker Seemab Gul's short film Mulaqaat (Sandstorm) had its world premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in September and will screen at Uppsala in October 2021. You can watch the trailer here.

Mikel Gurrea latest short, Heltzear, world premiered at the Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti sidebar, and at the San Sebastian’s Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section. He’s in post on his debut feature Cork (Sur), developed at San Sebastian’s Ikusmira Berriak 2016 Residency, Sources2 and the Sam Spiegel Film Lab. 

Afia Nkrumah, 2019 mentee of Women in Film and TV UK, directed the recent episode 10.6 of the BBC One Drama Call the Midwife.

MA International Film Business graduate and Chevening Scholar Pumulo Ngoma was a selected participant for the inaugural edition of the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy run by Realness institute.

Other News

LFS partnered with ARGO, a platform of globally curated independent short films, to showcase the talent of our graduates. Explore riveting films about discovery, identity, and rebirth on Argo's London Film School channel.

Director of Studies, Femi Kolade, joined as Jury panel on the Arts and Humanities Research Council to shortlist for this year’s Research in Film Awards. A record number of applications across five categories and our judging panel has shortlisted the top 25.

Photo Credits (top to bottom)
Still from At dawn flowers open the gates of paradise by Elzbieta Piekacz, DoP: Agnieszka Szeliga
Still from The Third Solar Term by Zhanfei Song, DoP: Tong Liu
Still from Macchiato by Prospero Pensa, DoP: Fyras Slaiman
Still from Asian Brass by Guyuan Ma, DoP: Tong Liu